Amid some complaints by the Regional Health Authorities about an apparent shortage of pharmaceuticals, former health Minister, Dr. Fuad Khan is calling on health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh to stop playing party politics.
Dr. Khan, in a statement issued today said since assuming office last year, the current government has failed to compensate pharmaceutical suppliers for their goods. He said this has led to a scarcity of medication for the treatment of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular conditions. He also states that the list now includes the vaccine for yellow fever and certain chemotherapy drugs used in treating cancer patients.
Speaking with News Power Now this afternoon, Dr. Khan said there were systems in place, prior to him leaving office in 2015. He however laments that because much of what was agreed upon then, has not been implemented, the RHAs are bearing the brunt of the fallout.
Mr. Khan said he has been receiving concerned calls related to the situation and adds that the buck stops with the Minister of Health.
Dr. Khan says the onus is on Mr. Deyalsingh one way or the other however, adding that until change is brought about in the supply chain management for the delivery of pharmaceutical drugs to the public, patients will continue to experience pain and discomfort.